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image Adam vol.55/51

Reference number

Adam vol.55/51

Purpose

Capriccio showing a square building with shallow stepped dome and drum on a square base with thermal windows, below which is a double-pedimented elevation with coffered apsidal entrance. To one side is a portico between small pavilions. Also on sheet are a small view of a ruined pyramidal mausoleum with a pedimented basement, and a view of ruins beside a river in a woodland setting.

Aspect

Perspectivesverso perspectives

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink on drawing 51

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755 - 56

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen310 x 204

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Capricci in pen, one showing a circular domed building on an arcade in the centre of wooded landscape beside a river; another depicts a square domed building in a wooded valley at the base of a cliff. The building has a shallow dome and cupola, below which is a three-bay portico with broken pediment flanked by single-bay pedimented wings. Like the square domed building on the recto this is a later version of that in Adam vol.55/155 verso.

Watermark

horned crown

Notes

The square domed building that appears on both recto and verso is a later version of that in Adam vol.55/155 verso, which shows proposed alterations to the drum space. There are other exercises on this theme in Adam vol.55/168-170. The small landscape sketches on recto and verso are similar in style to those found in Adam vol.55/100-110 and also in the landscape section of Adam volume 54/Series 5.

Level

Drawing

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